Canada Post is extending its lockout notice to Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET and says it is willing to submit to binding arbitration in an effort to resolve the ongoing labour dispute. the Crown corporation says it is extending its deadline, which had been Friday, in the hopes the Canadian Union of Postal Workers would also agree to binding arbitration. However, there are no talks planned.
PM TRUDEAU HEADS TO FIRST NATO LEADERS’ SUMMIT
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flies to Poland today for his first NATO leaders’ summit armed with a promise to help the alliance in its standoff with Russia. The summit in Warsaw begins tomorrow. Trudeau is expected to announce that Canadian troops will be deployed to Latvia, where they will make up the majority of a 1,000-strong battalion that will also include forces from other NATO members.
Conservative MP Jason Kenney says he wants to lead the Alberta Progressive Conservatives and unite voters on the right to stop what he calls the accidental NDP government in the next election. He says it’s imperative that the Alberta Tories and Opposition Wildrose put past differences aside if they are to take back power from Rachel Notley’s New Democrats.
SECRET REVIEW SPURS WITNESS PROTECTION REVAMP
The RCMP is retooling its witness protection program following a secret internal review that called for changes to enrolment decision-making and better reporting on the program’s impact. The changes come less than two years after a full-scale overhaul of the program prompted by high-profile controversies. In 2014-15, the program admitted 23 protectees, all of whom were granted a secure name change.
Beleaguered media company Postmedia will report its latest quarterly financial results today. Postmedia Network Canada Corp. reported a $225.1-million loss in its previous quarter, the second for its 2016 financial year. Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey recently warned that without added revenues, many local news outlets will likely be shuttered in the next three years.